Next day the King arrived as announced and found to his shock, the
icon sporting a plait. Unable to believe and thinking that the priest had
managed to stick it to the icon, he pulled it. Horrible! Blood started flowing
from head drop by drop. Repenting his rashness, the King prayed for the
Lord's mercy with an apology to the priest. He rewarded him richly. The
priest thus saved, changed his life as vowed. From then the Moolavar is called
Kudiminathar, the Tamil word stands for the lard sporting a
plait. The temple is vast in dimensions and is accommodating many mini-shrines
and -several mandaps ; for deities prominently, like Vinayaka and
Arupathumoovar. And between these two lies the main sannidhi for Subrahmanya.
There is a separate grand mandir for Mother Akhilandeswari, who is very powerful
and the Ilavelpu of Rudrakottai rulers. And important state function like
coronation of swearing in ceremony used to be inaugurated only after offering
prayers to this Mother and getting her sanction in the past. It was patronised
by devout kings like Sadayana Maran, Tirumoolattavan lavishly. There are many
inscriptions bearing testimony to this. Elaborate daily prayers are offered and
'yearly festivals are celebrated on a grand scale befitting the royalty.
is 18 km off Pudukottai, a provincely State of Tamilnadu, accessible by bus.